Bicyclist dies after Midwood car crash

An 87-year-old bicyclist died after a car struck him in Midwood, according to police.
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An 87-year-cyclist has died after a minivan struck him last week in Midwood, according to police

The cyclist was riding near the intersection of Ocean Parkway near Avenue P shortly after 10 am when a 36-year-old motorist behind the wheel of a Cadillac struck him.

First responders rushed the biker to Maimonides hospital in critical condition — and he later perished, according to authorities.

Police Department spokesman Martin Brown claimed the bicyclist had run a red light when the incident occurred — but witnesses contradict Brown’s claims, saying the car “came out of nowhere,” according to the Daily News.

The driver has not been arrested but was issued a sobriety test at the scene, and the investigation remains ongoing.

Twenty-seven cyclists have died in car crashes in New York City this year — including 17 in Brooklyn — marking a sharp increase from the 10 bikers killed city-wide last year.

Reach reporter Ben Verde at (718) 260–2525 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @verde_nyc.
Updated 12:18 pm, November 5, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Fiddle Faddel from Flatlands says:
I'm over 70 and i really think that an 87 year old does not have the physical ability and reflexes to ride a bike on city streets. He should have walked ,taken a cab or limited his biking to a city park.
Oct. 30, 5:47 pm
Christina T from Bensonhurst says:
I’m sorry this person was hit but not every street was meant for bicycling. When are politicians going to realize this?
Oct. 30, 6:11 pm
Tony from Canarsie says:
Uh, hello! What did you expect it's hard enough for motorists to drive around this crazy City now add on thousands of cyclists and you're creating The Perfect Storm there's hardly any room for cars to maneuver in the city now you add on bike Lanes have you lost your mind? It's legal suicide and the mayor's hand is full of blood
Oct. 30, 7:32 pm
Ilan from Midwood says:
Police lying and in favor of the driver as usual, no wait for the investigation like when they shoot someone
Oct. 30, 8:01 pm
Joe from Bensonhurst says:
How is it possible the police know what happened when witnesses say otherwise. In any investigation witness statements are taken and appropriate actions are taken, when a driver runs down a pedestrian or bicyclist the police only believe the one that caused the injury. There is something seriously wrong.
Oct. 31, 7:15 am
Local from Here says:
Another self entitled motorist causing carnage on out streets. Life in prison, take all his/her assets. When is our beloved mayor going to fix this problem?
Oct. 31, 9:16 am
Sharon Goldman from Midwood says:
To Tony from Canarsie, Those who bike to work, to do their errands are just as entitled to do so as drivers. Bike lanes are to accommodate the thousands of New Yorkers, taxpayers just like you, who bike as a necessity every day. Drivers need to not be reckless and to respect others on the road.
Oct. 31, 2:31 pm
Ben from Brooklyn says:
bikers running red lights must stop!!!
Oct. 31, 2:48 pm
Ben from Brooklyn says:
Ilan from Midwood says: please stop the hate, cameras was already checked.
Oct. 31, 2:50 pm
concerned from Greenwood says:
Share the streets. There's room for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles. Be aware, drive cautiously, and don't hit anyone. It's simple.
Oct. 31, 3:22 pm
Sharon Mishkin from Midwood says:
To Ben, The camera at that intersection showed that the cyclist did have the green light. The police have made an error which they have admitted and a reckless driver can still drive recklessly.
Nov. 1, 1:08 pm
Ken from Greenpoint says:
bikers must follow rules and regulations, STOP for red flashers of school buses, etc
Nov. 5, 12:19 pm
Park Sloper from Brooklyn says:
Cars, Bicycles and pedestrians have always been a part of this City. Todays problems show us that for some Reason people do not understand that bikes and cars do not work well together. Bikers need to observe the same rules as drivers, or there is no way it can work. They always go thru red lights, they go in the opposite direction of traffic. They speed and have no lights or signals on the bikes. they go on narrow streets with no bike lanes. They wear no protection. There has to be Laws with consequences, period. they can not compete. Cars are bigger, faster, and much more dangerous even if they are obeyin g the laws. It is not always the Cars in the wrong. A lot of these bikers just do not give a Damn about Laws. They pay no attention to their surroundings etc. Let's get things straight and start enforcing laws for Bikers. and all City streets are simply NOT applicable for Bike lanes. Sometimes they need to walk the bikes. Cars and drivers are not usually the one's in the wrong, but they can inflict the most damage. Something Bikers don't seem to care much about.
Nov. 5, 12:45 pm
Mo from Midwood says:
Government is supposed to protect the vulnerable. Steps need to be taken to protect people like the victim in this case from reckless drivers.
Nov. 5, 3:40 pm
Harre' Krispes from Homecrest says:
On 11/02, both CBS News and The Neyork Post reported the cyclist blew through a red light. Bike Paths don't prevent accidents and fatalities. Safe pedaling does.
Nov. 5, 6:25 pm
gary from queens, new york says:
As a driver who goes to Ft. Greene, a couple of times a week, I see cyclist who run red lights regularly. I am surprised that there are not more fatalities. As a driver, who owns a bicycle and likes to ride, there are some common sense issues that cyclist have to realize ! First, when you are riding on a bike lane, slow down ! Car doors open from parked cars. Pedestrians step out from the corners and between parked cars. I have seen people hit by cyclist. Wear reflective jackets or safety vests at night. And please, when it is raining at night do not ride your bikes ! The odds become greater that you can become another statistic.
Nov. 5, 7:41 pm
Leif Ericsson from M Brk Qns says:
Another killer-driver. And then after killing someone a lot of folks start blaming the victim, in this case a man who crossed on a GREEN light, followed the rules and was KILLED BY A DRIVER. Enough is enough! The ageism won't cut it either, the man was killed by a driver half his age. The speed limit needs to be lowered to 15 mph and more cycling lanes are needed like yesterday. Whenever I am out walking or biking, I am stunned at how many drivers break the law. When I am out driving, I also am stunned at the stupidity of so many drivers. Running red lights, driving in the bike lanes, acting like they are in Formula 1, cutting people off, driving in a threatening manner, driving fast in crowded pedestrian areas, ... It's just incredible. If you drive, do so slowly and stop defending the cyclist-killers. They are no role models.
Nov. 5, 8:46 pm
Leif Ericsson from M Brk Qns says:
In response to "Park Sloper," you need to read up on NYC history. Cars have been in the city for just under a century in any quantity. Bicycles were in the city for 60 years before the automobiles ruined the streets by littering them with "parked" vehicles, causing traffic jams and killing a lot of city folks. Current killing figures are at about 250 a year. in 1892 a dedicated bicycle lane was opened connecting Prospect Park to Coney Island. 10,000 cyclists showed up for the opening! And not a single carcinogen-spewing car was around. By 1920-30 cars were already killing and maiming so many pedestrians that crosswalks were invented to force pedestrians to modify their behavior FOR the entitled driver-queens and driver-princes. No, the automobile is a scourge in this city. Not cyclists.
Nov. 5, 8:54 pm
Seth from Brooklyn says:
It's a free for all on the city streets. I need a license and insurance to drive my car. Bill deblasio has made a complete mess of the city. Rules and regulations for drivers and everyone else do whatever you want. From electric bikes, skate boards, one wheel electric gadgets and anything else you could ride on. It's really gotten dangerous. We need everyone to have some kinda license and rules for anyone using public streets. This is a real safety issue.
Nov. 5, 9:37 pm
Local from Here says:
We cyclists will follow the law when Ken from Greenpoint follows simple grammar rules.
Nov. 6, 10:04 am

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